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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
page 43



of this memoir, we find in the Chronicle of our1 author, à Dom Froiffart, who had figAalized himfelf at the fiege which the count de Hainault had formed in 1340 againft the town of St. Amand. This monk defended for a confiderable time a breach which had been made in the walls of the abbey, and did not abandon it before he had killed or wounded eighteen men. At the end of fome charters of the count de Foix, "there is a fignature of J. Froiffart, or Jaquinot Froiffart: he was a fecretary to the count, and, perhaps, a relation of the Hiftorian. There is alfo mention made, in the regifters of the "Trefor des Chartes/* of a remiffion granted in 1375^ to Philebert Froiflart, efquire, who had been in the company of Gafcons in the country of Guyenne, under the command of Charles d'Artois, count de Pezenas. To avoid interrupting the thread of the narrative, I have deferred, to the end of this Memoir, the examination of a paffage in the poetry of Froiffart, which points out, but in obfcure terms, one of the principal circumftances of his life. He recals the faults of his youth, and particularly reproaches himfelf for having quitted a learned profeflion for which he had natural talents, and which had gained him much refpeft (he feems to point at hiftory, or poetry), to follow another, which, though much more lucrative, was as little fuited to him as that of arms ; and having failed in it, had made him fall from that degree of honour to which the firft had elevated him. He fays, he is determined to repair his fault, and, returning to his former occupations, tranfmit


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